Rarely do I hear "Oh, awesome!" when I hand my daughter a book. David Scarfe's Geeky LEGO Crafts also elected squeals of delight.
Packed with projects like building your own Space Invaders, and a cassette tape, Geeky LEGO Crafts immediately led us to dragging out a few tubs of LEGO and to get snapping! The directions are great, and easy to follow.
We especially enjoy the Tetrix fridge magnets!
Benjamin Cheh and Jeffrey Kong made this prototype Lego typewriter a couple of years ago: "a perfect example of how LEGO elements can pack so much detail in something so small. A retro creation for both the young and the young at heart – imagine this typewriter on your desk!" Their site's a treasure trove of Lego creations. [more, more] Read the rest
1210 white and transparent pieces make up the LEGO Architecture Studio. This fantastic set is geared towards builders!
Summer is here and I'm running out of ways to occupy the kid!
Aside from a whole lot of pieces, I'm impressed with this set. Switching to a solid white color scheme eliminates a lot of random searching for just the right shape and COLOR piece. The guide book will teach you to build architectural features, and inspire you to design buildings on your own, which is what this set is for.
Wow. The Bat mobile and Bat copter alone make me want to pick up this fantastic LEGO set. The Adam West Batcave is interpreted with fantastic detail!
And yes, he really did make tiny versions of his favorite LP covers in Photoshop, print them on decal paper, and stick them to LEGO tiles for the records:
Got a lot of time on your hands? Build this amazingly detailed LEGO model of the Ghostbusters Firehouse!
With over 4000 pieces, you also get Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Zeddemore minifigs, along with a pole for them to slide down!
Geometry Global of Hong Kong recreated painting masterpieces with Lego bricks. Maybe they tinted the bricks after the fact in Photoshop, but the effect is still great - they are instantly recognizable despite being very low-rez. I swear I can see the pitchfork in American Gothic.
Following the directions on a large LEGO project can be meditative, while creating your own sculpture or contraption can be exhilarating! LEGO Awesome Ideas helps bring your ideas to life!
LEGO Awesome Ideas is a fantastic visual guide to building thematic LEGO models, and creating your own landscapes. From Wild West trains to AT-AT like walkers, this book starts small and shows you how to build up to your big ideas! This guide uses several different environments to teach you, and your child, to build any world you like.
Most of the models use standard, pretty easy to find pieces or you can substitute. My eight-year-old and I were able to work out most everything with little trouble.
Alisha writes, "Ever wonder what happens to the intel Santa Claus collects when deciding if you've been good or bad? Who has access to all your secrets? All that data? Santa has become too powerful, so a young elf decides to risk his life by leaking the Naughty List to the world. We made a holiday stop-motion film trailer parodying Citizenfour, but with an elf at the North Pole." Read the rest
JK Brickworks's Sisyphus automata was inspired by Disney Research's work on the "Computational Design of Mechanical Characters". Read the rest